India v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Ahmedabad December 5, 2011

Sammy rolls back the years

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the third ODI between India and West Indies in Ahmedabad
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The surprise outswingers

In his opening spell, Umesh Yadav - hitherto known for his lively pace - showed a new dimension to his bowling. In his second over, he pitched the ball right up to Danza Hyatt, and got it to curl menacingly in the air and square up the batsman. In his next over, Yadav repeated the dose to Marlon Samuels, as the ball snaked in towards leg stump before straightening alarmingly. Both deliveries were clocked at less than 120 kph, but they weren't slower balls or cutters. They were genuine outswingers delivered with a loose, upright wrist and perfect seam position, reminiscent of Irfan Pathan in his pomp.

The clumsy collision

Danza Hyatt got one on his pads in the ninth over, and duly clipped it through the leg side. Ravindra Jadeja at midwicket and Gautam Gambhir at mid-on converged to chase the ball as it sped away towards the boundary. Normally, one of the two would have fallen back, allowing the other to slide and scoop the ball back to him. This time, however, neither seemed keen to back off. Jadeja, who was marginally ahead, put in the slide and came up in one smooth motion, ready to throw, only to see Gambhir run straight into him. The fielders shared a smile on the way back to their fielding positions.

The cat-and-mouse game

West Indies' slog-fest was only beginning as Vinay Kumar ran in to bowl at Andre Russell in the 47th over. Russell tried to scramble Vinay's lines by prancing across his stumps early, before going back to his natural stance as Vinay got into his delivery stride. Vinay tried to go one better with his variations, and attempted a slower ball, but the execution was all awry. The ball was dropped very short, almost outside the tramlines on the edge of the pitch, and went through at 85.5 kph - a speed the offspinner R Ashwin exceeded regularly during his spell.

The blasts from the past

The current West Indies side may not have the innate flair of its predecessors from the 1970s and 80s, but for a fleeting couple of moments in the 49th over, Darren Sammy transformed into one of those immortal Caribbean charmers. Abhimanyu Mithun delivered a length ball wide of off stump, and Sammy moved across emphatically before levering it on the up with an astoundingly loose grip to pick up six over the covers. The next ball was a high full toss on the hips, and Sammy's response was even more audacious. He stayed in the crease side on, and swished the bat in a clean circular arc to send the ball disappearing over midwicket. It wasn't quite Viv Richards smashing Mike Hendrick, but it was not a bad imitation.

The opening blow

Rohit Sharma has now made six half-centuries in eight outings against West Indies this year, and has developed enough familiarity with the attack to routinely open his account with a six. In the previous game, he started off by slamming a bouncer over the square leg boundary. His first runs today came in even more classy fashion. He leaned out languidly to a flighted ball from Sunil Narine, got close enough to the flight to negate his mystery variations, and lofted inside out to pick up six over extra cover.

The redemption

Life came a full circle for Sammy at Motera, and then some more. After his batting heroics and the early wickets, he once again slipped into a defensive approach to allow Rohit and R Ashwin build a partnership with singles and twos. To make matters worse, Sammy handed India needless lifelines by dropping both batsmen in quick succession. Rohit cashed in to move towards a fighting century, when Sammy got a shot at redemption. On 95, Rohit pushed a ball to Sammy at mid-on and hurried across for a tight single. Sammy swooped on the ball and hurled down the stumps on the full with a powerful throw that caught Rohit well short. Sammy reacted with a roar and a pumping of the fists that conveyed the sort of pressure he was under, before breaking into a smile that signalled welcome relief.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on December 7, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    We need to be reasonable. Many better players than Sammy have struggled with captaincy. Kim Hughes, Petersen, Sachin, M Yusuf even Sobers & Lara to name a few. Chanderpaul realized he wasn't managing the captaincy & he stepped down. It takes a real man to do that but look @ his batting since then till now? WICB & selectors made a big mistake but they won't admit they were wrong since they want someone to manipulate & Sammy is too short sighted & stubborn to see that & admit that he can't manage. They can't give the captaincy back to Gayle now, but they shouldn't have sacked him in the first place. He was putting out the effort. He could still have done more but he was trying. I may even dare to say he tried harder than Lara ever did. The fight we showed in Australia & when we beat England + to a lesser extent the wins vs. South Africa in South Africa & the series vs Sri Lanka & Australia at home that we competed well in & his improved batting average all support this claim.

  • on December 7, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    I do not hate Sammy. As a fan of West Indies cricket I just like to see sensible decisions being made. As i matter of fact I am concerned about Sammy. He has been put between a rock & a very hard place or as we say in Jamaica ' given a basket to carry water' . He has been given a position he didnt ask for as leader of a team that arguably he is struggling to justify his place as a member in much more as captain. Not many people could maintain their sanity under such working conditions.I strongly doubt I could. Kudos to him but how much longer can he do it? How much more can he take? It has already started to affect his batting & his catching. He used to be a decent fielder but now we can hardly go throw an innings without him dropping 2 or 3 catches! Lets face it. His tactical & field placing skill as captain leave much to be desired to say the least. Is it not plausible that we could get much more out of Sammy if he was not under the stress of captaincy?

  • on December 7, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Remember when the team was on strike in 2009 & we had to pick a 2nd string team vs Bangladesh & for the Champions Trophy? Who did WICB choose to be captain over Sammy? Floyd Reifer enough said. Now between then & the Sri Lankan tour last year what did Sammy do to show that he has improved from not being good enough to captain a 3rd string West Indies team to good enough to lead the official West Indies team? did he win any regional tournaments as captain of Windward islands? did he perform outstandingly as a player in any of the regional tournaments? was he able to hold a place in the full strength West Indies team? No. So on what reasonable basis was the decision to give him the captaincy in all formats made?

  • cricPassion2009 on December 6, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    The windies have become a joke. Even the 3rd ODI they just played it was not a convincing win at all. Rohit brought the win within distance. The point I'm writing about is different though - just how can Windies play without Gayle ? They have deprived millions of fans of a Gayle - Gayle at his best is Calypso spirit. Carribean spirit. If Rampaul sits aside for a couple of matches this current Windies team is going to collapse. Shaem on Otis. Shame on Sammy for their petty leaderships and pettier vision.

  • slipsfield on December 6, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    I believe that chaps like Giovaughn Wilson and his ilk have a vitriolic,and baseless hatred of Darren Sammy.They seem to forget that under captains of recent past the WI teams never showed any resourcefulness or hunger to win.It should be realised that since his acension to the captaincy Sammy has been the most vilified and abused West Indies captain ever.Fortunately the more level headed and positive thinkers among us realise that the captain is the lynchpin of a team's performance.I admit that his batting has fallen off unfortrunately.However his heart is definitely West Indian and he has been able to mould his team into a fighting unit.The pressure on him has to be enormous and these negative un-West Indians and the idiotic blogs do not help.Otis Gibson is building a team under a committed captain.There will be room enough for the Gayle's and others Please give Sammy and our fledging unit a chance

  • on December 6, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    Gio Wilson really? Fidel looks like a captain to you? Rampaul looks like a captain to you?

  • on December 6, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    WICB Gave Sammy a wicker basket to carry water. Sammy should be man enough to admit that not only is his captaincy affecting the side it is affecting him in his fielding & batting. If captaincy is over rated he can step down & let someone else like Chanderpaul Fidel or Rampaul captain the team

  • on December 6, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    there are 3 Factors That allow Sammy to have better statistic than the other bowlers

    1-Batsmen tend to underestimate him because of his lack of pace & as such tend to play rash shots & get out.

    2-The fields he sets as captain are more suited to his style of bowling than to the other bowlers therefore they tend to be more expensive bowlers

    3- The Fielders especially Sammy drop many more catches when Fidel, Rampaul, Roach & Bishoo are bowling than when Sammy is bowling & often times the batsmen that he drops get out off his bowling after they have had their fill of runs.

  • Metman on December 6, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    @ The Light........and Ramdin rose up after 18 matches to get a top score of 38 against poor bowling.I hope we always get this bowling in the middle of the innings,and we can wait for 18 matches for a player to perform.You are in the habit of starting sentences,and not finishing them,big man !@cskfangg.......you too are in the habit of starting sentences and not finishing them.You should also have added.....it's also the occasional flash by Ramdin,who also needs to be dropped !The two of you should immeadiately correct that anomaly,or risk being labelled as bias or insular.Those of you who expected Narine to play from the first ODI's,really DO NOT KNOW anything about cricket,or how squads and final XI's are picked !In hindsight,I agree that Narine should have been picked from the first ODI's,and that he is a much better spinner than Martin.......furthermore Martin,should not even have been there......but that is not how the WI operate !Players always have to wait their turn,ask Lara!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 6, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    @Sammy haters, get off his back. He's trying his best. Windies will only help themselves if some of their players have the same never die attitude as Sammy. Next, so what happened to all those over the top posts that we will beat Windies 5-0? Let's respect our opponents first. Shall we? Imagine our team in Australia....signs aren't good at all. Circa English summer??? I hope not :(

  • on December 7, 2011, 22:39 GMT

    We need to be reasonable. Many better players than Sammy have struggled with captaincy. Kim Hughes, Petersen, Sachin, M Yusuf even Sobers & Lara to name a few. Chanderpaul realized he wasn't managing the captaincy & he stepped down. It takes a real man to do that but look @ his batting since then till now? WICB & selectors made a big mistake but they won't admit they were wrong since they want someone to manipulate & Sammy is too short sighted & stubborn to see that & admit that he can't manage. They can't give the captaincy back to Gayle now, but they shouldn't have sacked him in the first place. He was putting out the effort. He could still have done more but he was trying. I may even dare to say he tried harder than Lara ever did. The fight we showed in Australia & when we beat England + to a lesser extent the wins vs. South Africa in South Africa & the series vs Sri Lanka & Australia at home that we competed well in & his improved batting average all support this claim.

  • on December 7, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    I do not hate Sammy. As a fan of West Indies cricket I just like to see sensible decisions being made. As i matter of fact I am concerned about Sammy. He has been put between a rock & a very hard place or as we say in Jamaica ' given a basket to carry water' . He has been given a position he didnt ask for as leader of a team that arguably he is struggling to justify his place as a member in much more as captain. Not many people could maintain their sanity under such working conditions.I strongly doubt I could. Kudos to him but how much longer can he do it? How much more can he take? It has already started to affect his batting & his catching. He used to be a decent fielder but now we can hardly go throw an innings without him dropping 2 or 3 catches! Lets face it. His tactical & field placing skill as captain leave much to be desired to say the least. Is it not plausible that we could get much more out of Sammy if he was not under the stress of captaincy?

  • on December 7, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Remember when the team was on strike in 2009 & we had to pick a 2nd string team vs Bangladesh & for the Champions Trophy? Who did WICB choose to be captain over Sammy? Floyd Reifer enough said. Now between then & the Sri Lankan tour last year what did Sammy do to show that he has improved from not being good enough to captain a 3rd string West Indies team to good enough to lead the official West Indies team? did he win any regional tournaments as captain of Windward islands? did he perform outstandingly as a player in any of the regional tournaments? was he able to hold a place in the full strength West Indies team? No. So on what reasonable basis was the decision to give him the captaincy in all formats made?

  • cricPassion2009 on December 6, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    The windies have become a joke. Even the 3rd ODI they just played it was not a convincing win at all. Rohit brought the win within distance. The point I'm writing about is different though - just how can Windies play without Gayle ? They have deprived millions of fans of a Gayle - Gayle at his best is Calypso spirit. Carribean spirit. If Rampaul sits aside for a couple of matches this current Windies team is going to collapse. Shaem on Otis. Shame on Sammy for their petty leaderships and pettier vision.

  • slipsfield on December 6, 2011, 22:07 GMT

    I believe that chaps like Giovaughn Wilson and his ilk have a vitriolic,and baseless hatred of Darren Sammy.They seem to forget that under captains of recent past the WI teams never showed any resourcefulness or hunger to win.It should be realised that since his acension to the captaincy Sammy has been the most vilified and abused West Indies captain ever.Fortunately the more level headed and positive thinkers among us realise that the captain is the lynchpin of a team's performance.I admit that his batting has fallen off unfortrunately.However his heart is definitely West Indian and he has been able to mould his team into a fighting unit.The pressure on him has to be enormous and these negative un-West Indians and the idiotic blogs do not help.Otis Gibson is building a team under a committed captain.There will be room enough for the Gayle's and others Please give Sammy and our fledging unit a chance

  • on December 6, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    Gio Wilson really? Fidel looks like a captain to you? Rampaul looks like a captain to you?

  • on December 6, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    WICB Gave Sammy a wicker basket to carry water. Sammy should be man enough to admit that not only is his captaincy affecting the side it is affecting him in his fielding & batting. If captaincy is over rated he can step down & let someone else like Chanderpaul Fidel or Rampaul captain the team

  • on December 6, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    there are 3 Factors That allow Sammy to have better statistic than the other bowlers

    1-Batsmen tend to underestimate him because of his lack of pace & as such tend to play rash shots & get out.

    2-The fields he sets as captain are more suited to his style of bowling than to the other bowlers therefore they tend to be more expensive bowlers

    3- The Fielders especially Sammy drop many more catches when Fidel, Rampaul, Roach & Bishoo are bowling than when Sammy is bowling & often times the batsmen that he drops get out off his bowling after they have had their fill of runs.

  • Metman on December 6, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    @ The Light........and Ramdin rose up after 18 matches to get a top score of 38 against poor bowling.I hope we always get this bowling in the middle of the innings,and we can wait for 18 matches for a player to perform.You are in the habit of starting sentences,and not finishing them,big man !@cskfangg.......you too are in the habit of starting sentences and not finishing them.You should also have added.....it's also the occasional flash by Ramdin,who also needs to be dropped !The two of you should immeadiately correct that anomaly,or risk being labelled as bias or insular.Those of you who expected Narine to play from the first ODI's,really DO NOT KNOW anything about cricket,or how squads and final XI's are picked !In hindsight,I agree that Narine should have been picked from the first ODI's,and that he is a much better spinner than Martin.......furthermore Martin,should not even have been there......but that is not how the WI operate !Players always have to wait their turn,ask Lara!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 6, 2011, 15:32 GMT

    @Sammy haters, get off his back. He's trying his best. Windies will only help themselves if some of their players have the same never die attitude as Sammy. Next, so what happened to all those over the top posts that we will beat Windies 5-0? Let's respect our opponents first. Shall we? Imagine our team in Australia....signs aren't good at all. Circa English summer??? I hope not :(

  • on December 6, 2011, 15:09 GMT

    Injury to key players especially our bowlers has been a major thorn in our side before this year. a prime example of this is the 2009 Australia tour. The major reason we lost that series was because our two most experienced bowlers Taylor & Fidel were injured. with a stronger bowling attack we could have won the matches @ Adelaide & Perth. Now that we have our best bowling talent pool in almost a decade & have to pick & choose we refuse to play the senior batsmen who have experience and prior knowledge of success to bring to the table. Chanderpaul Sarwan & Gayle even Benn Taylor Bravo snr have all performed admirably on quite a few occasions & I am sure that recalling even 3 or 2 of them could have helped us come out on top more often during those key moments when the current team has let opportunities slip out of our grasp. Surely it would not hurt to try. The worst that could happen is us losing & we have been losing anyway.

  • Harmony111 on December 6, 2011, 14:47 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge:-

    WI have done what Eng couldn't. Doesn't that mean it is Eng that are woeful? God knows what specs you are wearing.

  • on December 6, 2011, 14:22 GMT

    Are people really buying all this talk about Gayle causing disunity & all that crap? Other than Otis Gibson, Hillaire , Beckles and the other WICB big wigs with even bigger egos has anyone stated that they have had problems getting along with Gayle. @ the end of the day it is the players that matter. If any of them had problems with Gayle they wood have said so. Since this year the team has put itself in a winning position in almost every game played. What I cannot grasp however is how people come to the conclusion that Gayle's absence is the reason for this? We have been almost winning matches because Gibson has been doing a good job as bowling coach & our bowling attack has not been seriously affected by injury as before. However when it comes to management & tactics especially in the fielding & batting department Gibson is clueless. Based on many of the decisions made by the selectors they are even more clueless it seems.

  • partha132 on December 6, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge Are u kidding me?? Undusputed world no. 1.?? How many months has it been?? Jst come on a sub continent and SA tour and we will talk after dat.. And ya what u thot was a Test Series was a holiday for our players after the WC win..

  • TheLight on December 6, 2011, 13:32 GMT

    Dashgar, if you do not care about domestic cricket, then that is your choice. I will continue to be harsh on on people who do not know anything about the team they support and make foolish comments...especially a person who claims to support WI cricket and does not follow domestic cricket in the Caribbean. THAT IS WHERE WE SHOULD GET OUR future players. What else would you use as a criteria to select players for the WI? We have had an off spinner in recent times who was the leading wicket taker for close to 5 or 6 years and never got a chance to play for the WI. So you too like Godfrey Pieters should keep out of our business. Narine was the leading bowler in our domestic league and should have been played in the tests and first two one day games.

  • on December 6, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    @cric4life88 I agree to what you said. I have 2 exams in matter of minutes.So I will write back when i come but well said and I hope for West Indies sake that they put their egos aside and come and play as the Giants that they once were.

  • WICric101 on December 6, 2011, 12:49 GMT

    I read indian comments about this being young Indian side...ha ha ha..this is very young inexperienced WI side too...whats your point? Just accept WI played better in 3rd ODI...dont start making excuses!

  • olly_76 on December 6, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    Stay on topic please Front-Foot-Lunge, we're talking about an ODI between India and WI here, not tests. And which set of rankings is Swann currently top of?

    Good work by the Windies, they'll not be threatening the top of the table for a while but they've got a decent unit without perhaps the outstanding performers of the best teams. Hopefully with teh apparent unity and team spirit the next time they get a top player or two they'll stay in the team instead of going off to get rich in the T20 leagues!

    These teams are producing some entertaining matches, I'll definitely be watching the remaining two games.

  • AB99 on December 6, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    In Sammy, the Windies team has a captain more interested in the West Indies cricket than the earlier ones after Richardson and Walsh. Give him the credit he is due ... at least he is trying to build a team unlike Lara, Chandrapual, Sarwan, Gayle who were interested in their own careers and to a large extent are responsible the current state of WI cricket ....

  • on December 6, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge Are you a wind-up merchant. England are a mediocre team who can only perform in home conditions and doctored pitches. Swan the best spin bowler in the world was treated like cannon fodder by second string Indian batsmen in the ODIs. What a joke. " Anderson and Broad up there with Steyn" wishful thinking. England undisputed number one in your dreams. They are one of four teams on an equal footing at best

  • sugars on December 6, 2011, 11:37 GMT

    give it a rest already..get off sammy's back..he contributes in both the batting and bowling department be it not consistently but then again which other west indies player do with exception of chanderpaul? we have had more talented players in the past 15 years and the team still performed missarable. sammy has got the guys playing as a unit and they now look a confident team and that seem to be the real headache for you sammy hatters. you want him out so west indies cricket will remain in the gutters.. get over yourselves sammy will be on the team as captain until the board says otherwise and no amount of crying from you guys can change that..as indian fans leave west indies cricket for west indians and go tell you indian cricket board who to select or not select..there are alot of players on your team who at present just can cut it.

  • Tigg on December 6, 2011, 9:36 GMT

    I agree with Happy_AusBang. Sammy has consistently proved himself the best Test bowler the Windies have taking plenty of wickets and bowling the donkey overs.

    For the firsdt time in recent years they are a unit playing under him. Okay, a genuine all rounder he is not but he can bat a bit and take some of the pressure away from the two main strike bowlers (Rampaul and one of Fidel or Roach).

    Going back to Gayle would be a backward step, the side underperformed and had little or no unity or drive.

  • on December 6, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Its good to see WI plays with quality cricket trying to win against India!!! Come on India!!

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on December 6, 2011, 8:37 GMT

    I am an Indian, but truly west Indian fan from Childhood.. First of all i would like to congratulate Sammy & Co.. Mistakes in Test: You were in a better position to win 1st and last test but failed to capitalize the lead by throwing out the wickets cheaply in the 2nd innings. Mistakes in ODI: 1.Sunil Narine not picked for the 1st two ODI's, 2. Poor batting in the powerplays, 3. Poor defensive field setup in the 1st two ODI's(Rohit was able to take the team with the help of tail enders ).

    Advice to Sammy: You will surely become the best captain in future and will be praised by the cricketing world. To be a best captain you need to be a role model for others either in bowling or batting. Your batting & bowling are worser in ODI's.You are a good hitter. Why dont you come up in 1st down to upset bowlers during the powerplay and laid a strong platform for the next batsmens to follow. In test matches i saw you bowling wicket to wicket, but in ODI i have never seen that.

    Best luck...

  • Senthilbornindialoveswindiescricket on December 6, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    @Godfrey Pieters I think you does not know much about Windies Cricket. Being an Indian I know very well about Sunil Narine & his stuff. He is from T&T. He is wonderful talent to look up, his variations(Combination of leg and off spin, different action) in bowling makes the batsmen to think whether to take risk or not. I have seen his perfomance in Champions league which was awesome. His batting at the lower order adds strength to the team. He is a wicket taking stuff & further he is economical.Know one thing bowling in powerplays are pretty difficult, adding more he bowled in all the 3 powerplays and conceeded only 34 runs and picked 2 crucial wicket. I thought windies will pick him in the 1st ODI, but didnt do it. Definitely he is going to apply the pressure for Indian Batsmen in the upcoming ODIs..

    Definitely he will be into the auction for next year IPL...

  • on December 6, 2011, 7:39 GMT

    Sammy is a respect less captain of the world. So much has been said about this during press conferences, He is still the captain. He should have resigned long back

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 6, 2011, 7:30 GMT

    Have to say with England sitting pretty at the top as the undisputed world number 1, most England fans are finding India's current woes very funny to say the least. The best India can do for fast bowling is bring in guys who, despite being talked up by some desperate fans, can bowl no faster than England's Ravi Bopara. The rankings are a joy for any England fan right now: Swann the number one in the world, albeit quite obviously for nearly a couple of years now, and Jimmy and Broad up there with Steyn. The rustling's of teams down the rankings, fidgeting around with their line ups has never looked so remotely meaningless: None of the current teams in the world are anywhere close to challenging England, as the facts and stats solidly show. Having thrashed all before them, silenced their harshest critics and recently re-written the history books, the real focus is on when the World Number One next play.

  • cric4life88 on December 6, 2011, 6:57 GMT

    @Mohammad Ahmad...I agree they have bench strength but I think they have a plan they are working on which will bring long term results. I understand that they may have produced more legends than any other team but you have to understand the fact that they only play cricket together (as West Indies) unlike other countries. I'm not questioning their love for the game and their ability to play as a team but this seems natural to me. I thought Gayle had a pretty good control over the cricket board in caribbean islands but then I was surprised to see him dropped. Pollard probably kept his ego aside and got along with the terms board had offered, hence he plays I guess. Without a doubt younger Bravo is the next big thing form the caribbean but then again, he'll end up like Lara who scored so many runs but his team would still lose by a big margin. If only they come together truely playing for the team, these guys could do wonders. I would say their ego is their biggest strength and weakness.

  • mak102480 on December 6, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    @rahulcricket007: Have you forgotten the WC QF, SF, and Final? Gambhir played a key role in the QF and Final and Sehwag in the SF. They are big game players who show up in big games.

  • iMPARTIAL.PAK on December 6, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    @randy_wilson, u give a team a chance to prove itself, see this team with young blood in showing some Fight, nearly every match they played there was fighting spirit, thats fine if U look for new blood, like Narine in this match, A GUY IN DEBU MATCH GIVING SUCH A BRILLIAN RETURN IS AWESOME, i feel windies should play bishoo as well in these spin tracks. well i want west indies to rise again, FOR ITS NATION N FOR CRICKET. BEST WISHES

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:36 GMT

    I am not West Indian,but I am a fan of West Indian cricket and I admire the fact that they have produced some of the greatest and most gifted players of all time.What I cannot comprehend is why they have so many useless players in the current squad.Without being emotional (forget the last match and see the big picture) examine every individual and you see a couple of useless players,who if replaced by good talent would make a very competitive unit.Take Sammy for instance.Everybody will agree he has no place in Tests but even in ODIs, the guy avgs 19 with bat and has taken 50 wickets in 70 matches @ 44 each. Who is he? A batsman , a bowler or just a "pep talk" rather "all talk and no walk" guy. Take him out,bring in a keeper who can bat, recall Gayle and you have a team which is more than competitive.

  • on December 6, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    West Indies though not as strong as it used to be at one time, giving a fighting performance- this young and talented team is to be watched. It has a future. It has lost both the opening ODIs by sheer lack of maturity and sloppy fieldings. In both opening ODIs they had a strong chance to win it but lost it due to inexperience to handle the closing stages and lack of depth in stragedy. Well, it is a watchful team for the future. India with all their top tags were really lucky to win it.

  • rahulcricket007 on December 6, 2011, 5:04 GMT

    @ORGANTON . COMPLETELY AGREE WITH YOU MAN . SEHWAG & GAMBHIR WILL GET OUT CHEAPLY IN ALL MATCHES IN AUS. DHONI WILL ALSO FOLLOW THE SAME . MAYBE INDIAN SELECTORS SELECT ROHIT FOR TEST SLOT NO. 6 . ONLY DRAVID & LAXMAN WILL SCORE AND SACHIN WILL GET TWO NERVOUS 90S AND WILL RETIRE .

  • rahulcricket007 on December 6, 2011, 4:52 GMT

    PLEASE GET RID OF GAMBHIR FROM ODI & TEST TEAM AND SELECT RAHANE IN PLACE OF HIM . HE IS NEITHER PERFORMING IN TESTS NOR IN ODIS FROM A LONG TIME . ALSO IF SEHWAG DOESN'T PEROFRM IN NEXT 2 GAMES THEN PLAEASE GET RID OF HIM TOO . HE WILL CONTUNUE TO PLAY IN TESTS .

  • Happy_AusBang on December 6, 2011, 3:55 GMT

    I think all this talk about Sammy must stop. He is not a super hero. No one in the WI team is, for that matter. However, he has proved himself useful from time to timem and there are not many more to select from. I think he should get a clean run for another year at least, without putting him under more pressure.

  • Dashgar on December 6, 2011, 3:24 GMT

    @The Light, I know who Narine is but I don't blame anyone who doesn't. Not everyone cares about Mickey Mouse domestic T20. This was Narine's international debut, anything he did before this match was just warming up. Now the boy has arrived on the world stage.

  • DilshanRocks on December 6, 2011, 3:10 GMT

    this is the first time i've seen sammy actually bat properly... but i think he is one of their best captains, despite his lack of tactics (deffensive field for rohit and ashwin) he is exactly what wi need.

  • Sinhaya on December 6, 2011, 1:38 GMT

    Congratulations West Indies! Windies may have even lead the series 3-0 had they applied themselves well. This team is one the best Windies teams since the 90s.

  • FatBoysCanBat on December 6, 2011, 1:13 GMT

    kantipur: You obviously didn't watch Sammy with the bat mate. And look at the bowling figures and you will see why Sammy didn't bowl more, Russell and Pollard [both have similar roles to sammy] only bowled 5 overs between them. This was because of great captaincy by Sammy for putting on Samuels and letting him bowl his full quota because he was going good. There's only 2 overs that Sammy, Russell, and Pollard could have bowled that were bowled by Simmons. Stop being a hater.

  • Stos on December 6, 2011, 0:27 GMT

    Sammy had a back injury quite recently, it probably made sense for him not to bowl himself much this time around.

  • orangtan on December 5, 2011, 23:57 GMT

    Sharma alone has the technique. Sehwag and Gambhir as well as Kohli and Dhoni will be walking wickets in Australia, who are on the up and up with superb young fast bowlers like Cummins and Pattinson not to mention the off-spinner Lyon. It's going to be a long hot summer for the Indians Down Under and many a player is going to return early a la the English tour.

  • InnocentGuy on December 5, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    The great Delhi-Dashers come a cropper - in 2 balls. What a let-down. Rohit and Kohli have pretty much been the only batsmen in the ODI series so far who have actually done some batting.

  • Ghost_Recon on December 5, 2011, 22:11 GMT

    @Kantipur well said man......Good victory WI win on Thursday to set up a nice one on Sunday.

  • on December 5, 2011, 21:58 GMT

    any way wi won u losers stop blamming sammy . see his two sixes in the 49th over ok

  • on December 5, 2011, 21:29 GMT

    Boy oh Boy! WI loses: blame Sammy! WI wins: Blame Sammy! The guy made 41 in just 17 balls with 5 4s and 2 6s to give WI a fighting chance and still he gets blamed even when his side wins.

  • Harmony111 on December 5, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    @kantipur:-

    What is it that makes you talk so negatively about Sammy? That man is leading a team that is without some of its best players and yet he has managed what Eng couldn't. He was impressive in the tests too. Agreed that he dropped two catches but one of them was a sharp chance, he more than made up for those with his run out. And why don't you see that it was his hitting that got WI to 260. If you want to bring out all his negatives then please also look at his positives. Unless you do that, I would not be able to say that you are being balanced in assessing him. Talking about terrible captains, Dilshan IS one. He has poor body language and broken thought processes. Sammy looks composed usually and only need to get better tactically during the middle overs. Better batting would help too. Btw, you didn't say anything about Sehwag, who I think had a bad day in office !!!

  • on December 5, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    @ Thelight- Why all the hostility bro? Where in any comment I have made did I say anything negative about this guy. This is the first time I've seen the guy & I made a complimentary remark about him. And anyway what or who makes u an expert on WI cricket. We r here to share our views & learn from each other, afterall the bottom line is the success of WI cricket. Come on Trini let's respect each other. I'll say it again yr guy is a promising bowler. What else do u want me to say? End of debate.

  • on December 5, 2011, 21:05 GMT

    Congratulations Werst Indies Especially Rampaul who bowled like a champ! thank God we got lucky today . surprisingly the bad decisions went in our favor as they almost always tend to go against us. I hope lightning can strike the same place thrice. Alas some things never change Darren still cant catch the flu!! it seems going through an entire innings without dropping a crucial catch is too much to ask of captain Sammy.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 5, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    @kantipur, put it this way. May be you are a blind hater of Sammy. Otherwise, why would you give me a huge list of negatives about Sammy and don't even take time to congratulate Windies for this victory? Nuff said. I'm no blind Sammy supporter but I like his heart and humility - A great Ambassodor for Cricket. He may not be as talented but he has brutal shots and a Lion's Heart to press-on. I'm no West Indian. I'm an outsider (an Indian supporter). So, I can't be a blind hater or a blind supporter of Windies players. Giving credit where it's due. Guess, it's a sin of late!

  • on December 5, 2011, 19:51 GMT

    sammy nearly gave this one away, again, his two dropped catches ,is pathetic and proves that he does not belong, he is playing as a bowler and cannot bowl in these matches,.....too expensive....he should sit and another batsman should replace him. if wi select the right team they can beat anybody. SAMMY HAS TO GO

  • AravindFromUS on December 5, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    If selectors can drop yuvraj from test team, why cant they drop gambhir or sehwag to send them a strong message?

  • TheLight on December 5, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Godfrey Pieters asks who is Narine? I ask, what rock has he been living under? Narine has wrecked all the best payers in the recent IPL in India and was the best bowler in the recently concluded 50 over tournament in the Caribbean. I am sick of people like you who know NOTHING of WI cricket and post all sorts of nonsense about the team composition. You were one who said that he should wait his turn and not be picked...I now know why. You are not qualified to be posting comments on any WI business if you do not know him.

  • Metman on December 5, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    Congrats Sammy ! That is the way to treat this Indian's 3rd rate bowling attack !Should have been up 2 - 1 instead ! If Gayle was in this match,his don't caresh attitude would have cost us the match ever since.......Sehwag reminds me of Gayle.....just going through the match,clueless, as a matter of routine.Gayle is better representing the WI where he is,on the OUTSIDE !He ,Sarwan and Dwayne Bravo should ALWAYS take the front seat from ANY stand ,and cheer on Sammy and the boys,whenever the WI are playing.Why continue to blame Sammy for dropping catches......if Darren Bravo was on the field,he would have dropped some too ! Dropped catches are a part of playing cricket.....there are so many possibilities that could occur if 'dropped catches' were taken at the points in time.Take for instance,if Pollard was taken AT THAT TIME.....it is possible that Sammy and Russell could have been dismissed cheaply too !together with a HOST of other possibilities could have occured.

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Well done Windies, great to see them win

  • TheLight on December 5, 2011, 18:10 GMT

    braindead_rocker.....I am just as glad that we won as the next guy, but.....its because of people like you that WI cricket is in a sad state...............so sammy rose up after 10 matches against poor bowling. I hope we always get this sort of bowling at the end of an innings, and we can wait for 10 matches for a player to perform.

  • Randy_Wilson on December 5, 2011, 18:03 GMT

    @ iMPARTIAL.PAK We had that Team already but that Team Never Won a Series.

  • on December 5, 2011, 18:02 GMT

    dey might not b a strong outfield but dey show fight...sammy might not b a gud player or anything but he is a brave man full of enthusiam & if he continue as captain am sure he can bring da best out of even dis inexperienced side & dey could b a challenging outfit which can go a long way in da wc 2015 or even next year t20 & so on..

  • kantipur on December 5, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    @Dravid_gravitas, you seem to be blind supporter of sammy. Sammy is pathetic. Nearly cost the match again. Dropped both Rohit Sharma and Ashwin pretty early in the innigns. Every match he keeps dropping important catches. His run out of rohit after costing huge runs cannot take away is dropped catches. How long will his fielding is being tolerated? Also he is in the team primarily as a bowler. If he is scared to bowl then it is better he should leave. His poor bowling cost west indies first match of the series. His dropped catch cost west indies third test. I don't know how long it can be tolerated.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Congrats WI, fine victory. Who is this Narine? Certainly looks promising? With Bishoo can do some damage on the world stage. With a few adjustments this team is destined for places. Not impossible, could well take the other 2. Just take those catches Sammy, & work out s/thing for Rohit, look for that weakness, he must have one.

  • Gupta.Ankur on December 5, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    Another match we have lost because of a captain.......whose is keen to waste the enormous "god gifted" talent in every match....by playing careless brand of cricket as usual....

    In my opinion he will continue to remain a burden overseas......with the only salvage point being 100's in tests in India....

  • Alexk400 on December 5, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    I never seen worst captain than SEHWAG. I used to thnk sachin was bad , Sehwag is worst captain ever. Players do not play well under him. He lacks responsibility , so everyone follow his motto. But others don't have his skill. Even bowling is clueless. Sehwag lacks tactical brilliance of DHONI. I am sehwagologist but i admint sehwag is worst captain ever. Raina or gambhir or even kohli should be captain. I rather see kohli captain indian team. Gambhir should be dropped from Test and ODI forver. He has attitude now without showing any runs. I think aussie tour will be end of gambhir. He failed in England , failed against West Indies and will fail again against aussie. he should be dropped for ever. We need players who play with responsibility.

  • Harmony111 on December 5, 2011, 17:46 GMT

    I am genuinely pleased to see WI winning this match. They have played good cricket and had their moments in almost all the Test+ODI matches so far. They just couldn't come up with the coup de grace in the past but this time, they did not allow the moment to slip away. Sammy may have his limitations but he has been able to handle the role of the captain well and gets more ticks than crosses from me. Can't avoid mentioning that WI have actually played better than what Eng did a few weeks ago. Either WI have gone up a few steps or Eng have fallen to dismal ODI levels. The 1st is a good news and the 2nd is a bad one. Can't see teams falling down to the levels of the current Eng team. Game needs them all. Talking about WI, Narine was impressive and Roach at times very quick. With Edwards and Rampaul, WI still have an impressive bowling unit esp now with Narine. Sammy is usually accurate. I wonder where is Benn. He would be handy too. Well played WI, you can only go up now.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Full marks to West Indies. They have been knocking on the door, just not being able to bust open it. India should have lost first 2 ODI's too. I am really ashamed at the caliber of batting shown by Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir. If I am in the opposition team, I would really fancy my chances against these two at the moment. They are a class act when in play. But off late their attitude towards batting seems to be: "Hey we got the opening positions, no body out there seems to be in our league, why worry?" Gambhir used to be so harsh on himself when he failed. It's tough to digest him getting out to same kinda balls (barring today)...wide outside off, and he will drive on the up away from the body to gift an easy catch.

    Here we go Australia, we are coming there to gift you another victorious tour after New Zealand home series. If we can't win comfortably against a Windies side that is rebuiding itself, then how would we last against Patrick Cummins, Pattinson, Starc and the likes

  • iMPARTIAL.PAK on December 5, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Loved This Win By West Indies , My favourite team after Pakistan. It said that Other countries play with minds, but west indians play FROM THEIR HEARTS. I wanna see GAYLE, senior BRAVO, TAYLOR,SHIV/SARWAN in the team, It will be Rocking WINDIES PLAY. GOOD LUCK

  • simon_w on December 5, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    Good to see WI win a game, big congratulations to them! (With a bit more self belief they might have won more in this series!)

  • mrmonty on December 5, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    Sehwag should retire from ODIs and focus on Tests, and vacate that slot to Ajinkya Ranane. His contributions have few and far between in ODIs. Before fans tear your heads off, I am saying ODIs.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    stop mentioning Sarwan in your best XI. Gosh he lost his form.

  • braindead_rocker on December 5, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    I told Sammy will rise up and he did...superb play..continue playing well Sammy...Dont worry about your detractors.

  • Smithie on December 5, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    The most entertaining play of the day was Virat's very grown up reaction to being given out LBW. Time for referee Boon to relieve him of his match fee? He has certainly taken over from Bahjii as the hot head of the team and will no doubt enjoying the full range of Aussie sledging Down Under as a result.

  • cricchic on December 5, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    As a W.I fan I am obviously elated by this win....I hope W.I can take some confidence in this game to the next game...Ravi..well played...Sharma is a class act..Love to watch him bat... Unfortunately he missed out on triple figures today...Sammy please learn to hold on to catches.. It will be interesting to see the next 2 games...Rally round the W.I...

  • i_witnessed_2011 on December 5, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Good Win for the WI and much needed,deserved one. In a way it is good for India as well because it may wake up Ind's top batsmen especially Sehwag and Gambhir.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 5, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Many many hearty congratulations to our visitors. Thanks to this exciting contest, unlike, the ones provided by the Brits that visited us last month. All Sammy naysayers must be really hurt. As I said before, a win for our visitors seems to be right around the corner. Please stop bashing this team. They are lion-hearted. Kudos to The Caribbean Tigers! Though I would have loved India to win, I was feeling sorry for Ravi and Sammy when our tailenders were eating into their target. I'm thoroughly relieved for Sammy today. Yes, there are still some little things in his Captaincy. But hey, Steve Waugh was left a spectator on these shores; why castigate Sammy? Well played Windies. Keep it up! Really happy for you all today. You thoroughly deserved more wins on this tour. At last, you earned what you thoroughly deserved. Coming to India, hmmmm...this batting? In Australia (o_O)??!! Quite scary!!!! @Motera crowd! thumbs down to you all for booing Sammy and Ravi. Shame on you all.

  • cskfangg on December 5, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Its a occasional flash by sammy, who needs to be dropped.. WI will be competitive, if we a great team like this: Gale,Simmons,D.Bravo(c),Chander,Sarwan,Samuel,pollard,Ramdin,Narine/bishoo,Roach/Edwards, Rampaul Can WICB consider this?...I will bet nope!!!

  • mngc1 on December 5, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    WI fans will be so happy with Sammy at this "great" performance of 41 runs. However his two dropped catches cost dearly and put WI at risk of losing the game. Ashwin was dropped at 2 and made 31. This is a net negative for the match. Sharma was dropped at 37 and is 87 not out at this moment. A good innings once in a long while does not justify his place.

  • on December 5, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    If West Indies lose this one the blame is on the Captain for dropping two easy catches.

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  • on December 5, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    If West Indies lose this one the blame is on the Captain for dropping two easy catches.

  • mngc1 on December 5, 2011, 16:01 GMT

    WI fans will be so happy with Sammy at this "great" performance of 41 runs. However his two dropped catches cost dearly and put WI at risk of losing the game. Ashwin was dropped at 2 and made 31. This is a net negative for the match. Sharma was dropped at 37 and is 87 not out at this moment. A good innings once in a long while does not justify his place.

  • cskfangg on December 5, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Its a occasional flash by sammy, who needs to be dropped.. WI will be competitive, if we a great team like this: Gale,Simmons,D.Bravo(c),Chander,Sarwan,Samuel,pollard,Ramdin,Narine/bishoo,Roach/Edwards, Rampaul Can WICB consider this?...I will bet nope!!!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on December 5, 2011, 16:42 GMT

    Many many hearty congratulations to our visitors. Thanks to this exciting contest, unlike, the ones provided by the Brits that visited us last month. All Sammy naysayers must be really hurt. As I said before, a win for our visitors seems to be right around the corner. Please stop bashing this team. They are lion-hearted. Kudos to The Caribbean Tigers! Though I would have loved India to win, I was feeling sorry for Ravi and Sammy when our tailenders were eating into their target. I'm thoroughly relieved for Sammy today. Yes, there are still some little things in his Captaincy. But hey, Steve Waugh was left a spectator on these shores; why castigate Sammy? Well played Windies. Keep it up! Really happy for you all today. You thoroughly deserved more wins on this tour. At last, you earned what you thoroughly deserved. Coming to India, hmmmm...this batting? In Australia (o_O)??!! Quite scary!!!! @Motera crowd! thumbs down to you all for booing Sammy and Ravi. Shame on you all.

  • i_witnessed_2011 on December 5, 2011, 16:52 GMT

    Good Win for the WI and much needed,deserved one. In a way it is good for India as well because it may wake up Ind's top batsmen especially Sehwag and Gambhir.

  • cricchic on December 5, 2011, 17:01 GMT

    As a W.I fan I am obviously elated by this win....I hope W.I can take some confidence in this game to the next game...Ravi..well played...Sharma is a class act..Love to watch him bat... Unfortunately he missed out on triple figures today...Sammy please learn to hold on to catches.. It will be interesting to see the next 2 games...Rally round the W.I...

  • Smithie on December 5, 2011, 17:02 GMT

    The most entertaining play of the day was Virat's very grown up reaction to being given out LBW. Time for referee Boon to relieve him of his match fee? He has certainly taken over from Bahjii as the hot head of the team and will no doubt enjoying the full range of Aussie sledging Down Under as a result.

  • braindead_rocker on December 5, 2011, 17:21 GMT

    I told Sammy will rise up and he did...superb play..continue playing well Sammy...Dont worry about your detractors.

  • on December 5, 2011, 17:26 GMT

    stop mentioning Sarwan in your best XI. Gosh he lost his form.

  • mrmonty on December 5, 2011, 17:30 GMT

    Sehwag should retire from ODIs and focus on Tests, and vacate that slot to Ajinkya Ranane. His contributions have few and far between in ODIs. Before fans tear your heads off, I am saying ODIs.